A.C. HORN - since 1907

Popcorn Equipment

With more than $1 billion in annual retail sales, popcorn is not only one of the hottest growing snack foods in America; it’s becoming a global phenomenon. Popcorn fits into the better-for-you snack trend as a low-calorie food with a myriad of flavoring possibilities.

Processing equipment

Food processors from around the world rely on AC Horn Manufacturing to build, ship and service the equipment they need to take advantage of this snack market opportunity. Horn owns the best reputation for quality and reliability, serving medium to large-sized popcorn processors. This market concentration on industrial-sized snack processors gives Horn an unparalleled depth of experience to understand the special requirements and needs of this unique customer base.

When we sell a piece of equipment, it marks the beginning of a business relationship, not the end of a transaction. We believe in superior service and swift response to customer requests from planning, through construction and shipping and for years following installation.

Horn industrial poppers are built with longevity in mind. Robust and durable, each piece has an anticipated lifespan of at least 20 years. Every piece of Horn equipment is designed for optimal plant safety and sanitation, ease of operation and minimal maintenance.


How to Make Caramel Popcorn


How to Make Kettle Corn


Popcorn Equipment

Automatic Popcorn Ball Machine

The Model M563 Popcorn Ball Machine from AC Horn Manufacturing features a PLC and servo motor drive with production speeds of up to 72 balls per minute. Frame, hopper and catch pans are constructed of stainless steel for easy sanitation. The hopper comes complete with internal heaters and product agitators. Forming cups are food grade UHMW Polyethylene. Optional forms are available for holiday shapes and different size balls. 

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Continuous Dry Poppers

In 1962 Manley manufactured its first Uniflow Design popcorn popper. Since that time, and through many improvements, AC Horn Manufacturing has been a leader in high capacity, continuous popcorn production systems. We believe there is no higher quality popping system manufactured or designed on the market today.

The Platinum Series offers the latest PLC controls and the highest quality components available. We manufacture a high-capacity, continuous popper that operates automatically from one convenient point of control. With a forced air combustion system, internal laminar baffling, precise burner controls and extra insulation, the Platinum Series Poppers provide all the features you need in your equipment.  In addition, you can expect low operating costs and minimal maintenance requirements.

Regardless of the type of popcorn you are popping, we confidently guarantee superior capacities and popping ratios with our poppers.



Continuous Dry Popcorn Popper

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M205 Cooker/Coater System

At AC Horn Manufacturing we build quality into our entire process. Our goal for the M205 Series Cooker/Coaters is to enable you to create perfect caramel corn with every batch, for years of trouble-free operations. We carefully engineered these precision built machines to do just that, giving you decades of superior performance and durability. Caramel corn, peanut brittle and other caramel coated products can be manufactured at capacities ranging from 300 to 1,000 lbs/hr (depending upon recipe and coating ratio).

Optional features offer operators the opportunity to produce kettle corn at capacities of 400 to 1,000 lbs/hr.


M205 Cooker/Coater System

Program design features and operating simplicity elevated our machine to the preferred choice among worldwide leaders in the snack food industry. The Cooker/Coaters are extremely accurate and easy to operate, giving operators the ability to precisely control manufacturing variables for the best product.

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M320 Popcorn Cooker/Coater

In keeping with company tradition to infuse quality into every aspect of our machinery and operations, our M320 Cooker/Coater features a uniquely engineered single-process design. First operators preprogram temperature set points. Once the proper temperature is achieved, an alarm activates signaling the time to add the necessary ingredients. The cooking/coating process then continues automatically until the coated corn is ready.


M320 Cooker/Coater

This Cooker/Coater is ideal for caramel corn, peanut brittle, kettle corn (with optional quick-change agitator) and other candies. With a single M320 unit producing up to 100 lbs/hr, you can count on the same consistent quality you have come to expect in all of Horn’s snack food equipment. With an alternate agitator this unit can oil-pop popcorn at approximately 70 lbs/hr.


M320-K Cooker/Coater

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